Indiana firm, owner fined $200K for dumping grease

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a northwestern Indiana company and its owner to pay $200,000 in fines and restitution for illegally dumping grease into the city of Hammond’s sewer system.

U.S. District Judge Philip Simon also sentenced NH Environmental’s owner, Ronald Holmes, on Friday to four years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The Griffith man and his East Chicago company pleaded guilty last year to felony and misdemeanor pollution discharge counts for dumping waste, mostly grease from local restaurants, into the sewers.

The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports Holmes’ attorney, Jackie Bennett Jr., argued that his client had thought his company had a valid waste discharge permit.

Holmes apologized Friday for his actions Friday, saying “the stress, anguish and embarrassment are a terrible burden to bear.” provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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